HAC Advisory Council Adds Two
HAC Council members Brian Johnson and Ken Cordier
UT Dallas professor Walter Voit, right, talks with board members Jan Collmer and George Lodge.
The History of Aviation Collection (HAC) Advisory Council bi-annual meeting was held in late 2011 in the McDermott Suite of the library. The meeting was called to order by President Jan Collmer followed by the nomination of two new members to the board - Bob Rosbert and Ken Cordier. The council voted to attend the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Reunion in Dayton, Ohio in April 2012. HAC volunteer and curator of the Doolittle Archive, C.V. Glines, will attend as usual as the Raiders official historian and honorary Raider. Reports were presented on the Doolittle Collection and The HAC volunteers. The annual Special Collections report was given by Coordinator of Special Collections Paul Oelkrug. The meeting concluded with a special presentation by UT Dallas graduate and Assistant Professor Walter Voit, PhD, about his research in thermomechanics of shape memory and polymers.
Special Collections joins in ‘Boots to Books,’
Fetes Wineburgh Philatelic Library donors
Special Collections staff took part in the university’s “Boots to Books” program, a Veterans Day Celebration and Education Fair. Current UT Dallas student veterans served as hosts to prospective student veterans. Officials estimate there are from 700 to 1,000 of more than 19,000 students at UT Dallas who are veterans. Paul Oelkrug’s staff organized an information table... Special Collections also hosted a holiday event for supporters of the Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library - the Sawyer Chapter of the American First Day Cover Society and the Collectors Club of Dallas.
Library Committee Addresses Noise
Because of diverse patron use, a noise committee was formed consisting of 10 staff members and chaired by Circulation Manager Debbie Gilbert-Stadigh. The committee had two goals: first, to make the library a more accommodating learning environment; and second, to promote the library as a place for research, reflection, and learning. They approached the issue from two fronts. First, they compared McDermott’s noise policy with those of other university libraries. Second, they took a survey of UT Dallas patrons (370 students, 18 faculty members, and 14 visitors) about how to balance varied use. Results of the survey suggested most patrons favored quiet study and cell phone use in designated areas. Also, patrons preferred study carrels (small walled desks) to study tables on the fourth floor. The majority of those surveyed found that the current noise level was acceptable.
Based on these findings the committee executed several changes. First, they removed the doors to the group study rooms and changed the furniture on the fourth floor to promote quiet study. They moved the designated group study areas to the lobby, basement, and four study rooms. Second, the committee created different noise level zones for the library. The blue zone is a quieter learning environment for patrons who want individual, quiet study. The orange zone areas have higher noise expectations due to machines and traffic. Students who prefer background noise are encouraged to study in these areas. Green zones are for group study and moderate talking. The committee believes these positive changes to the library environment will better serve patrons’ choices according to their learning needs at any given time.
McDermott Student Advisory Group Rocks On
Open advice and discussion with our patrons is essential to the health and vitality of the library. As a result, McDermott Library Director Dr. Ellen Safley created the first McDermott Student Advisory Group (MSAG).
MSAG is comprised of students ranging from undergrad to doctoral candidates who help improve library services. The group’s staff committee members are Hillary Campbell, Iryna Shevchuk, Chris Edwards, Hannah Wilson, and DeAnn Rose.
The group’s mission is simple but vital: to help the library receive positive or negative analysis on various library policies and procedures. In other words, “Tell us what you would like to see or have us do better.”
MSAG features 20 students, who were chosen from the various schools on the UT Dallas campus to serve as liaisons to the library. Members have provided feedback on various library projects that range from layout designs of the library website to multimedia selections. Students also get the benefit of learning the internal workings of an academic library.
The group meets in focus sessions with library officials.
In late November, the student committee members supervised by library staff painted over the largest Sprit Rock in the central mall. The paintwork showed green and orange and an open book with the words, “McDermott Library, Call, Click, Come In!!” displayed for all to view.